Schema Therapy

By: Alicia Saunders - Clinical Psychologist  09-Dec-2011
Keywords: Personal Development, Anxiety Counselling, Depression Counselling


An early maladaptive schema has been defined by Jeffrey Young as ‘a broad pervasive theme or pattern regarding oneself and one's relationship with others, developed during childhood and elaborated throughout one's lifetime, and dysfunctional to a significant degree’. Schemas are extremely stable and enduring patterns, comprising of memories, bodily sensations, emotions, thoughts and once activated intense emotions are felt. Some common schemas are abandonment, failure, defectiveness, vulnerability, mistrust / abuse. Schema Therapy assists people to recognise their schemas, where they originated from, how people react to them and how to change them. 

Keywords: Anger Management, Anxiety Counselling, Clinical Psychologist, Depression Counselling, Depression Therapy, Personal Development, Stress Counselling

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